Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Law of the MIND: "The Birthing Mind"

                                                                         The Birthing Mind
Today's devotion is poignant! Today's devotion deals with a birthing mind, one in which produces and celebrates. It is so amazing to write about a birthing mind and one that celebrates because today (Dec 20th) is my Birthday! Out of all the days this year, this is the one when I take time to celebrate life, God's goodness, and all that I have both naturally and spiritually. My mind today is completely focused on celebrating and birthing forth destiny.
The mind is our WOMB! The mind is a place where conception gives way to great ideas, ministry initiatives, and the place where dreams and visions can be realized! The only way to allow our mind (the womb of thoughts) to go from just ideas and fantasies is to give birth to them, and produce that which burns within our hearts.
Birth: an act or instance of being born: the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring; to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
Womb: the place in which anything is formed or produced: a hollow space enclosing something, esp when dark, warm, or sheltering, a place where something is conceived.
The womb is the place of conception; you should always be pregnant with something in your mind. Even though the womb is dark place, you are never to allow yourself to live in dark thoughts. The darkness of the womb (mind) can actually be related to that of the process of the development of film. The only way film can develop properly is to be enclosed in a dark place for a period of time, then it is exposed to light and the complete image comes forth!
First, you must give your thoughts, dreams, ideas, a name… it is only until you name it that you are truly serious about birthing it forth! Just like in the natural, once a child is born, the hospital staff comes in to order a birth certificate and the first thing that they want to know, is the baby's name? God is about to give the womb of your mind (your plans, ideas, visions, and dreams) a birth certificate, which certifies and establishes them to produce greatness in the earth.
"For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:6).
The Right Kind of Seed! Since the mind is our womb, then to conceive, we must have the right kind of seed. We cannot get hooked-up with a carnal seed of thought while trying to produce greatness. Carnal seeds (thoughts) only bring forth death. These seeds are selfish, ungodly, and they choke out our destiny. Our mind (womb) is designed to only fertilize seeds that are spiritual, seeds, which produce life and peace.
Today is the birthday of your womb for the thoughts, ideas, dreams, and visions to come forth and be birthed! Today is the day to give life back to the spiritual seeds of thoughts that you have allowed to die because of trials, storms, and circumstances. I decree today (December 20th) is a life-giving day for you and the womb of your mind. There shall be a manifestation of the things of God in your life!
Happy Birthday! The Womb of your Mind has just given Birth!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Law of the MIND: A Lost Mind

A Lost Mind

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2).
There are literally situations in life that will either almost cause you to lose your mind, or all together what to give up. The storms of life sometimes seem to collide together; it is one thing after another. This year (2011) has been such a year that most would say was the year of, "The Trying of the Mind!" Many would have to testify that they almost loss their mind trying even to cope with the hardships that this year has brought.
In this one year, the storms of life have come to try the Mental Thoughts, Intentions, Needs, & Destiny of everyone! This year has been one that you have had to keep a close watch on your daily thoughts, your intentions and motives behind everything you do, your needs, and especially guard your destiny. This year has been one to shake the entire M.I.N.D. (Mental Thoughts, Intentions, Needs, & Destiny).
Today, I want to deal with the Lost Mind as it relates to godly Mental Thoughts or the lack their of…
The word LOST is defined as: Something no longer possessed or retained, something that is no longer to be found. Something having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction, etc… Something not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time, or labor; wasted…being something that someone has failed to win.
When we have a lost mind then we are essentially saying that our mind is no longer possessed or retained, it cannot be found, it is bewildered, gone astray, not being used for a good purpose, has no direction, and finally something that is wasted and fails to win at everyday life. This is a Lost Mind!
L.O.S.T. (Loss of Stable Thoughts)
When our minds are Lost, then we do not have stable thoughts. Ungodly thoughts which causes us to loss our minds, are the thoughts that are absent of God. We can only have Winning thoughts when we allow God to invade our minds, guide our thoughts, and dismiss distractions.
"He came to himself, and he came to his senses" (Luke 15:17 NLT).
You can always come back home, back to the heart of God, your First Love. I am reminded of the prodigal son in Luke 15: although he had an inheritance that was his even before birth, the enticement of "something more or something better" drew him into a life that was not in line with his heritage. After being disobedient and causing his own pain and demise, he found himself at his lowest point in a pigpen eating slop. The Bible records a profound statement, which describes the most defining moment in the prodigal son's life, "He came to himself, and he came to his senses" (v.17 NLT).
My dear sisters and brothers, I know you feel that you have made reprehensible decisions concerning your life and that you have forfeited some things, but I declare unto you that you can always come back home. You are not what happened to you, even during your straying away and backsliding moments. When the prodigal son came to himself and his senses, he realized, "life has to be better than this, and there is a greater plan for my life."
I want you to know that God just pressed pause button while you were on the search and quest of who you thought you were, although it was outside of His will. If you don't know God, then you will never know or understand yourself.
Like the prodigal son, we must come to our senses and Recover Our Lost Mind. How does one Recover A Lost Mind? One that has been wasted, has no direction, no good purpose, and has succumbed to hardships and trials. The Recovery of a Lost Mind starts with the setting or rather he re-focusing of the mind. We look to the scripture of Colossians 3:2, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."
If our minds are set on things above rather than the things of this earth, then we cannot ever "lose" our minds… there are no lost minds in heaven or in the purpose/plan of God. We have to have a god-centered mind in order to keep it. All thought shave to be subject to Him. Ehen the ungodly thoughts cone to get us off track, in that moment we have to cast them down.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled" (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
The Five (5) Steps to Recover A Lost Mind:
Like the Prodigal Son, We Must Come to Our Senses…
1.      Sight: This is Vision. You have to remember the dreams and the vision that God gave you concerning your life. When you get to a point when you can't see your way, then go back to what God showed you before you started going through. Come to the sense of your vision while you are going through. You have to walk by faith and not by sight; you have to realize that you are to focus on that which is unseen versus that which is seen. If you received it in the spiritual realm, then it has to be birthed out in the spiritual realm You can't birth God's spiritual vision in the flesh of your doubts! Don't worry about what it looks like now; remember what God showed you it would be.
2.      Hearing: This is your Ear Gate. This is where the battle is lost or won. Too many times in our season of coming to ourselves, we allow the wrong people to speak into our lives. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). After hearing the word, then there has to be faith and belief of the report. It is what you listen to and say that you will believe. I don't care where you are in life, start talking to yourself and believe the report of the good news! You are coming out! If you feel that you are at your worst point, start speaking life, so that you can live a positive and abundant life. It may look like death, but you don't have to speak death. Speak out what you hear, and LIVE!
3.      Smell. A lot of times, this is the sense we rely on to let us know if we want to be around, eat, or deal with something. If it is not up to par, we say, "It does not smell right." This is the sense that has to be inhaled in order to be discerned. It has to seep into us in order for us to form an opinion of it. This is the sense that even the Lord operates in as it concerns our worship, which is a sweet smelling aroma to Him (Ephesians 5:2). If we send up worship, the Bible promises that the Lord will inhabit us. Consider what you are taking in, because this is what you will release out of you. Send up a smoke signal to the Lord, which is your worship. Even in a rescue mission, the rescuers look for a smoke signal to identify where someone is. There is a rescue mission right now with your name on it; God is able to locate you by your worship. This is why the Bible tells us that everything that has breath should praise the Lord. Right now, let out your breath and worship God for who He is. Take a deep breath and breathe in all that God is and then with that same breath release praise, as you never have before. Sometimes, we are confined by the situations of life because we have Shut-up our Praise! Release is the word over you today!
4.      Taste. This is the sense in which you have to ingest something. You have to be hungry in order to want to taste. You have to desire or want something in order to taste it. When you get ready to taste something, you possess it, you seize it and then you take it in. What has your attention? If it has your attention, then it has your focus. If it has your focus, then it has your future, and it is in control. What has control over you? What power have you given that relationship, your family, the job, the status, and the materialistic things? You have given these things power over you to possess you. Taste life again! Possess it, seize it, and take it all in. Get ready to move and get ready for the next step of elevation. You can taste and even feel that you are about to put your hand on the blessings that are ahead of you. Don't lose your hunger and thirst for more; this signifies that there is more to come in your life.
5.      Touch. This deals with your perseverance and determination. Whatever you purpose yourself to touch, connect to, and make contact with that will be the very thing that will determine where you are going. If you want to know where you are going, then check what you are connected to now. What you lay hold of will be what you become. Make direct contact/connection with God in order to keep a sound mind every day.
**Today, make a commitment to set your mind on things above, and not on the things of this earth, and to also come to yourself (to your senses) and change the direction of your life through the help and power of God so that you can Recover Your Mind!